Dee Fowler, superintendent of the Madison City school system, has resigned to take a high-ranking position with the Alabama Department of Education. Michael Sentance, recently hired as state superintendent, named Fowler as his chief of staff.
Credo and Arkansas State University are embarking on a partnership to bring information literacy resources and instruction to regional Arkansas high school students in support of their college readiness. The partnership will give students access to Credo's School Core Content Collection, with more than 400 ebook titles and millions of reference entries.
Despite student demand for foreign language teachers at the high school level, few want to learn how to teach the subject in college. In Maine, for example, enrollment in graduate foreign language programs has declined dramatically in the last decade and, as a result, local universities have eliminated or cut back those departments in recent years.
How we can hope for a brighter future if we shy away from teaching our kids how to grapple with tough issues using empathy, active listening and constructive debate as a means to affect a change that unites us all?
Reid P. Newey has been selected to be the Utah school district's superintendent of schools. He is currently the assistant superintendent for the Weber School District. Newey is replacing Bryan Bowles, who left his position as the district’s superintendent in September.
Skyward is partnering with West Allis-West Milwaukee School District in Wisconsin. The second largest district in Milwaukee County adopted Skyward’s School Management System in August and is preparing to go live with the solution in 2017.
In Boston, the city doesn’t provide transportation passes if students live less than two miles from their schools. Some people are calling for that to change. The $30 monthly pass cost is a price many can’t afford, especially if families have more than one child. Advocates say that means it’s difficult for some students to participate in after school programs, get internships or hold down a job.
Discovery Education has partnered with CME Group to offer high school classrooms nationwide a standards-aligned education program that broadens students’ understanding of key economic principles using digital learning modules and films.
Lawmakers blame a 70 percent drop in oil and gas prices since 2014. This year, the state faced a $1.3 billion deficit and cut $34 million in education funding.But critics say that’s in part due to years of giving tax breaks to oil companies. Nearly one-third of Oklahoma’s school districts, in mostly poor, rural areas, have had to shorten the school week.
The superintendents and elected school boards of 11 Texas districts—including Dallas, Houston and Fort Worth—have been ordered by the state education agency to attend two-day training programs to learn how to fix their failing schools.
Voters approve about 80 percent of bond measures for local school districts. The last four statewide school bond measures were also approved by voters. Yet Proposition 51, the $9-billion school bond measure on next week’s ballot, is struggling and poll numbers put the measure at risk of a rare failure.
Colorado schools would receive a modest increase in student funding under a proposed budget released by Gov. John Hickenlooper’s administration. But schools still wouldn’t be getting as much money as they should, in part because of a sluggish economy.
Public and private institutions initiated $4.6 billion worth of construction projects last year, the highest seen in New York City since at least 2009. A new report also notes that public and private construction starts totaled $26.1 billion over the last eight years with $9.6 billion going to school projects.
The Justice Department has reached a settlement agreement with Louisiana Tech University to reduce barriers to enrollment for black students and further desegregate faculty, staff and facilities at the A.E. Phillips Laboratory School, a K8 public school operated by Louisiana Tech.
A legislative committee is recommending tapping the state’s $1.5 billion rainy day account for some $80 million in school building projects this coming year. The supplemental appropriations bill will be used predominately for two school construction projects totaling $71 million, along with a host of smaller projects.